Venezuelan presidential candidates step up campaigns

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Applause for Venezuela's opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

He's stepping up his campaign ahead of Sunday's snap elections, triggered by the death of former leader Hugo Chavez.

Capriles, a 40-year-old governor, says he is here to for the people and to make a stand against insular politics.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro drummed up support at his own rally with a promise to hike Venezuela's minimum wage by about 40 percent if he's elected.

Capriles promises a similar wage rise as both men adopt some Chavez-style populism on the campaign trail ahead of Sunday's vote.

Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver named by Chavez as his heir, rarely misses a chance to lionize the man many Venezuelans know as "El Comandante."

But analysts say his reliance on Chavez's legacy could become a weakness.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SOCIOLOGIST MARYCLEN STELLING, SAYING:

"He (Maduro) is covered in Chavez, which benefits him politically in the sense of 'Cha

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